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    free-range, non-gmo crazy

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    southern mtns, ya'll

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  1. @echolocation, for the cold, could you use a heating pad? sometimes i find that helpful during the day when i'm chilly, even though bundled up. for some reason, the Body has decided to be Very Hungry: stomach growling, even. why? you had food!
  2. Hey, @dancesintherain, I recently had a kidney ultrasound too, and as @Will said, it's a minimally invasive procedure (on the invasive scale). The tech had me roll my shirt up around my bra and tuck a towel around the edges and then roll my pants waist down to just above where my pubes began, tucking another towel in my waistband. The gel is cool to the touch. The thing I found most difficult to deal with was the amount of pushing to get a decent set of images: the more..."you" there is, the more the ultrasound signal has to travel through, and there can be a bit of pushing the probe in your gut, side, and on top of your bladder area (to try to get a picture of urine falling into the bladder). You may be asked to take deep breaths and hold them while the tech moves the probe and snaps images, but not for an unreasonable amount of time. It's uncomfortable but not something that I found I couldn't get through. I had some bruising (for a few days lingering) and soreness (about a week lingering) afterwards, but that may be due more to my pre-existing conditions than anything else. I asked the tech a ton of questions and spent about 15 or 20 minutes for the ultrasound itself; the rest of the time was wait time and drive time. Hope this helps.
  3. actually, that was/is funny; we laughed. don't look up the origin of the word antelope though and expect help: it's not helpful. ("mythical beast with serrated horns living on the banks of the Euphrates") i believe eloping may also refer to some of the traveling that folks with dissociation do too. at least we've read papers and seen it used in that context.
  4. this happened to me for...quite a bit. i just assumed it was due to a crazyboards upgrade or whatever techy thing had happened. then the emails returned. the second time it happened it was fixed after another update or something. i never said anything though and i thought i remember hearing hotmail users were affected? gah. that's stretching the memory a bit.
  5. Wearing the koala hat and wanting to eat all the chocolate. No, all the chocolate, like ever.
  6. I took depakote for 6 weeks, for seizures. I didn't have any major side-effects other than some drowsiness and a bit of nausea. Discontinued it because it wasn't controlling the seizures well enough and was switched to another med. I know 6 weeks isn't that long, but there it is.
  7. oh no! you got the double contrast media: the x-ray dye is different from the MRI contrast, for sure! I'd say you're doing well and a real trooper!
  8. oooh, @chem we almost have an entire bionic leg between us: woot! sending strength, @jarn! that contrast (was it gadolinium?) makes us feel weird (well more so than usual) too for a couple of days.
  9. I hope you get a decent evaluation with a definite yea or nay to a tear. I know that the surgery (if that's the route to go) most likely will be arthroscopic and that's less invasive and easier to heal from (I've had 3 arthroscopic knee surgeries and one full open knee surgery). I wonder if there's any physical therapy that would be helpful meanwhile? Have any NSAIDs helped with pain/inflammation? Anything to give some relief while you wait, you know? Also: do you find the Saxenda helpful with weight control? I'm on it too and finding it to be helpful.
  10. I use google and read the reviews...also I go on the specific health group site they work for and read about them (need to see a picture and check their education). Female is first priority; I also prefer a DO to an MD (personal quirk). For specialists, a bit more leeway depending on how intimate we'll be getting.
  11. Hoops keeps turning off the touch desk lamp with his paw pads: light on, light off, light on, light off, light on, light off, ad infinitum.

    1. echolocation


      i just wanted to say that Hoops is an adorable name for a cat. at least i'm assuming he's a cat. good name for any animal, really.

    2. Gearhead


      Do you remember The Clapper?


      My dog Henna realized she could turn the lamp on and off by barking just the right way. I have no idea how she made that connection.

      I had to unplug the Clapper.

    3. yarnandcats


      His proper name is Hooper (he's a grey tuxedo cat). It can be pronounced two different ways: hoop-er OR hupp-er. The second way is mainly indigenous to a small area in the Southern Mountains where a large clan of folks sur-named Hooper reside. (Re: The Clapper: that made me laugh really hard).

  12. Thank you, all. I do drink coffee, but only light roast and not even an entire cup; but that's mostly because it sets off acid reflux. I'm trying to get more fiber of both kinds, as my diet needs an increase in both. I do have some metamucil and will be incorporating it into my routine. The constipation isn't a new issue. It's also one caused by several meds I'm on, including one med that hits three different issues at once, so I'm loathe to change anything. It did take ever-so-long to find the sweet spot combination.
  13. Ye gods: this is awful, especially during the Feeding Season (aka The Holidays). Does anyone have anyone have advice on how to combat med-induced constipation? I'm in the process of switching over from one US state to another, so my ALL of my doctors are gone for the moment. What I am doing: drinking lots of water (trying to get 2 gallons/day of just water, not including all the other liquids (like tea, coffee, cola, from food)); walking for exercise when not in pain (sometimes that's only 10 or 15 minutes/day and sometimes it's 45 minutes/day); eating prunes (love them!); increasing fiber in diet and reducing fried/processed foods as much as possible (rather difficult in present situation but I'm maximizing what I can where I can). So what else can I do, folksies?
  14. Guilty?/Secret? Pleasure #47: watching/listening to drum covers on youtube, especially Ginger Baker's work ("Sunshine of Your Love") and Kansas' "Wayward Son."

    1. yarnandcats


      There's just something primal about beating the Hell out of drums and making the sounds sensical at the same time. And yes, I play several instruments, just not the drums.

    2. Fluent In Silence

      Fluent In Silence

      Hard to not like this drum cover.


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